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Comments to the Draft of the 2021-2023 New Hampshire Statewide Energy Efficiency Plan

Comments in response to the NH Electric and Natural Gas Utilities Draft of the 2021-2023 New Hampshire Statewide Energy Efficiency Plan (submitted for stakeholder review on July 1, 2020). NH Utilities made significant revisions in scope, savings, timeline, process, and program details based on the COVID-19 pandemic as well as incorporation of public and EERS (Energy Efficiency Resource Standard) Committee comments on the April 1 Draft Plan. Acadia Center’s comments are based on examination of the Draft 2021-2023 NH Plan, its analyses and reports on energy efficiency programs across the Northeast region, and conversations and deliberations within the EERS Committee.

Priority Climate Action Plan Strategy Recommendations

Priority Climate Action Plan Strategy Recommendations

This open letter to the Maine Climate Council (signed by Acadia Center and other organizations), describes the top 13 policy recommendations, pulled from every Working Group and more than 650 pages of materials, which the signatories believe are the most impactful strategies for reducing Maine's emissions.

The Declining Role of Natural Gas Power in New England

This report concludes that under current plans and laws, New England’s reliance on natural gas to fuel power plants could drop from 45% to approximately 10% of its electricity needs in 2030, making any investment in new gas pipelines or plants unnecessary and therefore costly.

Clean Heating Pathways

In the Northeast, one quarter of greenhouse gas emissions come from heating equipment in buildings. This report sets out seven paths that states and cities can take to support adoption of clean heating technologies to reduce emissions and provide important benefits like lowering heating costs and eliminating health and safety risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and explosions.

Advancing Energy Efficiency in Maine

This report advocates for energy efficiency as a key tool for helping Maine achieve its ambitious climate goals. The report provides recommendations—including supporting Efficiency Maine Trust programs, modernizing codes and standards, and undertaking regulatory reform for a clean and resilient grid—that will advance the state toward its clean energy goals and resulting consumer and energy system benefits.

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative: Ten Years in Review

This report analyzes data since the launch of the country’s first multi-state carbon reduction program. The analysis shows that CO2 emissions from power plants in the RGGI states have fallen 90% faster than in the rest of country, while economic growth in the RGGI states has outpaced the rest of the country by 31%. The program has also driven substantial reductions in harmful co-pollutants, making the region’s air cleaner and its people healthier.

Investing in Connecticut’s Transportation Future

This Acadia Center analysis illustrates the benefits of a new approach for Connecticut to reduce transportation pollution while improving the system to better meet its residents’ needs. The analysis shows that, if designed well, a regional cap-and-invest policy developed through the Transportation & Climate Initiative (TCI) could enable the state to make over $2.7 billion in crucial transportation investments by 2030, which would generate over 23,000 long-term jobs and $7 billion in economic activity.

Testimony Supporting An Act to Protect Ratepayers in Massachusetts

Acadia Center's testimony calls on members of the Massachusetts Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy Committee to address regressive changes that have arisen out of recent utility rate cases and have moved the state further away from goals related to consumer control and local clean energy. In particular, this bill would correct unreasonably high returns on equity and automatic annual rate hikes at 3-4% per year. A second bill would correct another core issue: the elimination of on-peak/off-peak rates.

Testimony on Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Legislation

Acadia Center testified before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy on May 30, 2019. In its testimony it urged Massachusetts legislators to support efficient electrification of building heating, new standards to promote innovative energy saving appliances, better information on energy efficiency for homebuyers, and requirements for existing buildings to become more efficient. It also called for them to oppose or require modification of two bills that could harm the state's energy efficiency programs and their implementation.

Testimony on Proposed Changes to Massachusetts Renewable Portfolio Standard

Acadia Center's testimony urges DOER to withdraw proposed changes to the RPS that would undermine the state's climate efforts, including allowing energy sources that emit more CO2, like biomass, to participate and relaxing accountability measures that track emissions reductions. Acadia Center testified and submitted its statement to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources on May 13, 2019.